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Pressure Injury Identification in Lightly vs. Darkly Pigmented Skin

Pressure Injury Identification in Lightly vs. Darkly Pigmented Skin
 
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Patients with darker skin tones are more likely to develop full-thickness pressure injuries (PIs), at least partly because of difficulties in detecting wounds early. It is therefore important to be aware of the different manifestations of PIs in patients with light or dark skin tones.

This illustrated white paper compares the clinical features of all stages of PIs, including deep tissue PIs, in light versus darkly pigmented skin. It also provides guidance on performing accurate skin assessments in patients with darker skin, in whom PIs are often unrecognized in early stages.

Health care professionals who perform PI assessments or monitoring will appreciate this visual guide to PI identification with a focus on skin color.

This white paper discusses the following topics:

Inherent racial bias in PI education
PI staging and skin tone
Deep tissue PIs
Comparative clinical photographs
Lighting strategies for skin assessments
Skin tone in documentation

Patients with darker skin tones are more likely to develop full-thickness pressure injuries (PIs), at least partly because of difficulties in detecting wounds early. It is therefore important to be aware of the different manifestations of PIs in patients with light or dark skin tones.

This illustrated white paper compares the clinical features of all stages of PIs, including deep tissue PIs, in light versus darkly pigmented skin. It also provides guidance on performing accurate skin assessments in patients with darker skin, in whom PIs are often unrecognized in early stages.

Health care professionals who perform PI assessments or monitoring will appreciate this visual guide to PI identification with a focus on skin color.

This white paper discusses the following topics:

Inherent racial bias in PI education
PI staging and skin tone
Deep tissue PIs
Comparative clinical photographs
Lighting strategies for skin assessments
Skin tone in documentation

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